Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Assistant Professor Timothy Adekunle Wins International Award for Excellence.

Department of Architecture Assistant Professor Timothy Adekunle, Ph.D. is the winner of the International Award for Excellence for The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 6, for his paper "Autonomous Living: An Eco-social Perspective".

From the abstract of the winning paper: "Autonomous living enables occupants to generate zero-carbon emissions from all energy use in a building, while eco-sociality empowers people to participate in a process. Eco-sociality is a sustainability process that encourages people to develop social interactions and live consciously to treat their environment well. The process requires a transformation approach as global warming creates environmental problems and there is a need for an improved way of living that can mitigate the effects of climate change and enhance our overall wellbeing. The existing literature has shown that past sustainability processes yield few results because they focus on a technological-based approach rather than exploring an eco-social approach. The evidence suggests that technological efficiency does not guarantee sustainability. This study has identified that the sustainability process is not an abstract plan of action but a process that involves due process, consultation, and social interaction to increase people’s levels of participation."

Professor Adekunle joined the University in September 2015 as an Assistant Professor with the primary focus of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in structural design. His research extends beyond structures into sustainable design issues. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture at the University of Kent (UK), Master of Architecture at the University of Nottingham (UK) and Bachelor of Technology, Architecture at the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria. He is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment publishes broad-ranging and interdisciplinary articles on human configurations of the environment and the interactions between the constructed, social, and natural environments.

UNOTES - 3/23/16

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